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Benchmarking Setup

AMD Athlon XP 1800+ (1533 MHz)
Heatsink & Fan
Soltek SL-75DRV2
256 MB DDR PC2100 (266 MHz)
Hard Drive(s)
Western Digital 27 GB ATA66


EPO 50x, Philips 8x CDRW
Sound Card
On board 3D Surround (AC97 Codec)
Video Card
X-Micro GeForce2 Pro

Operating System
Windows 2000 Professional SP-2
Video / VIA Drivers
nVidia 23.11 drivers / VIA 4.37(v) 4-in-1 drivers
Benchmarking Applications
Quake III Arena
Microsoft DirectX 8.1
Madonion 3DMark 2000 v1.1, 3D Mark 2001

Unforunately the fastest video card I have to test with currently is still a GeForce2 variant. I'd really like to turn the performance loose with a GeForce 3 Ti 500 but that isn't in the cards right now.

Once again Bart from 1COOLPC has stepped in and sent us an awesome heatsink to use for our testing. My first experience with the ThermoEngine was unsatisfactory due to a slight crushing incident (!) but luckily Bart is stocking copper shims for the Athlon XP and it appears that ThermoEngine has made a slight change to the heatsink clipping mechanism. This heatsink is smaller than the unit I used in the original SL75DRV review but is more than adequate for the heat production of the AthlonXP.

Every time I tried to use some of the newer nVidia drivers I was thwarted with lockups during Win2k's bootup. After I installed the 4.37 4-in-1 drivers I had no further problems and went ahead and upgraded to the 23.11 nVidia drivers.

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